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Federal Inattention to Triclosan Sparks Grassroots and Legislative Action
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter and Beyond Pesticides Executive Director Jay Feldman
WASHINGTON - April 12 - "In July 2009, Food & Water Watch, Beyond Pesticides, and 35 other health, labor and environmental groups submitted an amended petition to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring that the agency ban the use of the controversial pesticide triclosan for non-medical applications on the basis that those uses violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. Additionally, 80 organizations supported a similar petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted in January 2010. A hazardous antibacterial agent, triclosan is found in many household and personal care products such as soaps, cleaners, cosmetics, clothing, and children's toys. Strong scientific evidence suggests that persistent use of triclosan poses imminent threats to human health and the environment. To date, we have yet to receive a formal response from either FDA or EPA on this matter.
"Despite federal inaction on this important issue, backlash against triclosan is building momentum elsewhere. In January, Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) sent letters to both EPA & FDA asking about the regulatory status of triclosan. Last month, the town of Highland Park, New Jersey moved to ban the municipal purchase of products containing the pesticide. A similar movement is also afoot in New Paltz, New York.
"Food & Water Watch and Beyond Pesticides call on FDA and EPA to protect the well-being consumers and the environment by banning non-medical uses of this unnecessary and dangerous chemical."